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H.L. Mencken

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  • Were they all arabbers?

    I responded to a reader's query in 2007 about the peculiar Baltimore terms A-rab and Arabber for a street peddler or huckster, explaining that the term probably originated from the nineteenth-century term street arab, a homeless child living by his wits....
  • Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and cocaine addiction

    Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and cocaine addiction
    Howard Markel's "An Anatomy of Addiction" starts, like a shot, on May 5,1884. A Bellevue Hospital orderly summons Dr. William Stewart Halsted to save the leg of a laborer who has fallen from a scaffolding. Famous for the speed and virtuosity of his...
  • Analysis: 'Shaky' Schaefer finds his way

    Analysis: 'Shaky' Schaefer finds his way
    William Donald Schaefer's biggest achievement was also his most unlikely: A man insecure enough to earn the nickname "Shaky" managed to restore the self-confidence of an entire city. The former mayor, governor and comptroller, who died Monday at the...
  • John Joseph Scocca, Hopkins biochemistry professor

    John Joseph Scocca, Hopkins biochemistry professor
    John Joseph Scocca, a retired Johns Hopkins biochemistry professor recalled for his keen critical eye, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease May 10 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 72 and lived in Aberdeen. Born in South Philadelphia,...
  • Generational nonsense at commencement time

    Generational nonsense at commencement time
    This is the season of generational twaddle. At graduation ceremonies across the country, politicians, authors, actors and businessmen take to the stage to tell young people they are fantastic simply because they are young. This year, the ritual is more...
  • The voice of reason

    The voice of reason
    H.L. Mencken once observed that newspapers, by nature, are bellicose and do not speak in support of anyone or anything unless they absolutely can't help it. There are any number of public figures in Maryland and beyond who would attest to this. But on...
  • A toast to Baltimore's old breweries

    "Back again, back again, we've got Franklin D. Roosevelt back again, since Roosevelt's been re-elected moonshine liquor's been corrected, we've got legal wine, whiskey, beer and gin." —Recorded by Bill Cox in 1936 Happy New Year! Oh, I'm sorry....
  • Mencken found his match in biographer Charles Fecher

    The legendary publisher Alfred A. Knopf was a man who valued excellence. For years he searched for someone to write a biography of his friend Henry Louis Mencken. In his opinion, no biography up to then, including that of William Manchester, was right....
  • Charles Adam Fecher

    Charles Adam Fecher
    Charles Adam Fecher, a self-taught Baltimore scholar, author and editor who undertook the formidable task of editing the controversial diaries of H.L. Mencken, died Monday of respiratory failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The longtime Govans and Rodgers...
  • Opening of Mencken's papers 25 years after his death

    It was H. L. Mencken's last party, and the invitation had been written more than 25 years earlier. I was among the invited guests at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street to witness the opening of Mencken's final papers, which his will...
  • Praise from one Mencken scholar to another

    Marion Elizabeth Rodgers' recent letter praising the work of Charles A. Fecher, the biographer and scholar of Henry Louis Mencken who died on January 16, was right on target. But it should also be noted that Ms. Rodgers is the author of the best and most...
  • Who says Mencken would have hated speed cameras?

    Giving the proceeds for traffic light and speed camera violators to charities is a good idea. Having these devices is a great challenge to speeders and DUI drivers who flout laws designed to protect all of us. I do not believe that H.L. Mencken would...